- Reaction score
- St.Petersburg Russia, Vladimir Ioch
- # of dives
- 500 - 999
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and being able to verify your switches, plus not get in the way of the left post's spg, plus have 2 stages on the left, plus be standardized to fit any buddy working a huge project, plus be easily cut away, and also not some custom diver specific rigging. Pretty much everything except specifically for DPV riding.Not exactly - for ease of bottle dropping, picking them up and rotation...
Not exactly - for ease of bottle dropping, picking them up and rotation...
Just echoing that my first reaction to stage diving was F@ck This!!!
And I am one of those divers that drastically notices the slightest change in my rig and has to dive with it a few times to become comfortable and proficient.
I honestly can't remember how short a distance I went but I know it didn't seem worth all of the effort.
I do remember the first time clipping on a stage was easy; no fumbling with clips, accidentally clipping to snap ring on pressure gauge, etc.
One thing that I think has helped me is moving my left waist D-ring forward a bit to accommodate wearing a small bottle for drysuit inflation. I think I always had the D-ring too far back which made things a bit difficult (I'm still Backmount).
The other two things that seemed to help most are Practice and Moving slowly and deliberately.
Now clipping on a stage just feels like putting on the kit and I sort of feel odd when not carrying one at the beginning of the dive.
Hopefully Headed into the Badlands in Madison next week. That'll be an o2 bottle, two nitrox stages, and a little normoxic backgas
Badlands is super cool. I think I hit around 130 there, so 21/35 is a solid choice. I typically drop the first stage at the big rock where the line bends 90 degrees just a bit before the potters jump and push the second one through rocky. Nice to have it on the backside, because **** sharing gas through RH.
So I will admit this stage thing might not be so stupid.
It was a good first dive together. Wednesday we are planning Chan Hol.